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Do Students See Themselves In Your Curriculum? They Should.

Last week's post included four things I highlighted that I learned in 2017. Trust me when I say, I learned far more than the few lessons showcased in the blog post. I think by far the most important 2017 moment was the renewed passion I found for tweaking the...

Four Teacherly Things I Learned in 2017

That pretty much sums up 2017 for me. It was clearly one for the books. It was true of the past year for a lot of reasons, but most especially for the things I learned, or shall I say, re-learned. Four things I (re)learned in 2017: PLN Within and Without Professional...

Kids–Put Your Pencils Down and Just Read

"Miss, do I have to use my _____________strategy while I'm reading today?" Fill in the blank, dear teacher, because you know you can. Collectively we've taught a million and one nifty strategies for kids to use when they read. Our intentions are admirable. We just...

Five Simple Tips for Engaging Middle Grade Students

You’ve seen it. The slack-jawed expression from two dozen (plus a few more) tweens staring back at you. It’s terrifying and in my role as instructional coach on our campus there’s nothing that ties my stomach in knots more than that look of indifference. When I accept...

Compliance or Empowerment?

A few months ago I talked with a friend who is also an instructional coach and she was troubled by a district meeting she had attended. As she recounted the meeting, I kept thinking, “Wow, that’s a lot of emphasis in one day-long meeting on compliance.” I asked her...

NCTE 2017 Highlights

The last 4 days I've been in St. Louis Missouri gaining new knowledge, reigniting my passion, and connecting with other educators who share similar philosophical theories about how students learn best. It's important work. It's critical work. Thank you to all those...

Early Reading Intervention for Non-English Speaking Students

We have a wonderful reading interventionist who is out on sick leave until January. I have the privilege of meeting with her groups until she can return. The first group of kindergarten students I meet with every day are new to school in America and they’re learning...

Reading Kidlit Can Change Your Classroom and Your Life

There’s a lot of buzz in the education world about ways to motivate students to read, but what about enticing teachers to read more children’s literature The life of a teacher is packed with responsibilities inside and outside the classroom, but making time to read a...

Reading Kidlit Can Change Your Classroom and Your Life

There’s a lot of buzz in the education world about ways to motivate students to read, but what about enticing teachers to read more children’s literature The life of a teacher is packed with responsibilities inside and outside the classroom, but making time to read a...

That Thing You Do! Carolyn Davis–It Only Takes One Book

I am thrilled today that Carolyn Davis is guest blogging for That Thing You Do! Carolyn and I met on social media first and then I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at a local conference. There was an immediate connection due to Carolyn's deep love for readers...

Shared Text Experiences

Many a parent or guardian has experienced it. The repeated demands from a tiny tyrant to read a beloved book. Beloved by the child. Most likely not so beloved by the adult—after having read it a bazillion times. That one practice alone (repeatedly reading the same...